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MOSCOW, September 23 (Itar-Tass) – There was no explosive device in car parked near the building of Moscow’s heavily busy Yaroslavsky railway station, Vladimir Markin, the official spokesman for the Investigations Committee told reporters on the spot.
“What everyone thought about and was alerted by didn’t prove true,” he said. “No suspicious objects were found inside the car. There was only a jar of paint and some wires there.”
Markin indicated that all the necessary precautions had been taken.
“All the operative services worked exactly the way they should work,” he said.
Markin thanked the mass media for covering the incident, adding that the owner of the suspicious car had learned about the situation from the media and had contacted the Interior agencies on his own.
Moscow City Interior Department chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev, who was also present at the site of the operation, confirmed that the owner of the car had arrived on the spot personally to dispel the misunderstanding.
Interior and investigation official proposed the numerous people who had gathered around Komsomolskaya Square to clear the place and go home, since nothing dangerous had been found in the car.
Traffic on the square and on Sakharov Avenue that was blocked because of the incident had been restored and passengers have been allowed to enter the Yaroslavsky railway terminal.
The latter is the hub for numerous suburban trains connecting Moscow City and the densely populated northeast districts of the Moscow region, as well as the long-distance trains leaving for a host of destinations in Siberia and the Far East.
The world’s longest regular railway route, the one traversing a distance of almost 9,260 kilometers between Moscow to Vladivostok, also begins at the Yaroslavsky station.